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Razed & Confused

The city poured $96 million into reviving Lents. Where’s the rebirth of this East Portland neighborhood?


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In the past few months, Mayor Charlie Hales has talked about changing the way the city of Portland tries to bring struggling, rundown neighborhoods back to life. He calls it “place-making.”   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 AARON MESH

Steve Novick Trash-Talks The Oregonian, Dubs City Hall the "Council of Boom"

City commissioner goes Richard Sherman on the daily paper.

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Don't you open your mouth about the Novick.

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick today struck back at The Oregonian and its recent criticism of City Hall. His response<...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by AARON MESH

Water Campaign Will Submit 50,000 Signatures on Friday

UPDATE: Campaign delays signature turn-in until Jan. 21

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UPDATE, 12:52 pm Friday, Jan. 17: The water district campaign is delaying turning in its signatures until Tuesday, Jan. 21, saying it didn't realize it couldn't submit additional signatures after the first batch."We just found out that no additional signatures will be accepted after we turn in," says co-petitioner Kent Craford, "and we still have some sheets out there. So we're going to wai...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Working Kirk Reeves was the Most Suggested Name for the Transit Bridge

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Records show more than 840 people suggested TriMet name the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after street musician “Working” Kirk Reeves—far more than suggested any other name. TriMet released its tallies of suggested names for the transit bridge this morning after ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Transit Bridge Name Final Four: Duniway, Cascadia, Tillicum, Wy'East

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On a recent morning, a flagger standing next to the under-construction Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge told a WW employee that the landmark was getting a new name: The Abigail Scott Duniway Transit Bridge.

"That's what everybody's saying," she told our jogging correspondent.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia Didn't Get Nebraska Job

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The Oregonian's top editor, Peter Bhatia, isn't headed to Nebraska after all.

WW reported in December that Bhatia was named one of five finalists for dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln'...   More
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Neighbors Celebrate Demise of West Hayden Island Annexation With a Cake

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If anybody was happier than Bob Sallinger to hear the Port of Portland had sailed out of a development deal for West Hayden Island, it was the residents of nearby manufactured homes and houseboats. Sallinger, the conservation director for the Audubon Society o...   More
 
Friday, January 10, 2014 by AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Learns Price Tag of Warehouse for Right 2 Dream Too, Abandons Idea

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 Mayor Charlie Hales doesn't have a home for homeless camp Right 2 Dream Too after all.

A month after debuting a warehouse at 320 NW Hoyt St. and urging camp leaders to move indoors, Hales has abandoned the idea after learning the cost of tenant improvements on the building: $335,000.

"That was simply a hurdle too high," Hales spokesman Dana H...   More
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

Nick Fish Sells the Water House for $394,950

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Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish tells WW that as soon as he was given the Water Bureau to oversee, he gave his staff an order: “Sell the goddamned Water House.”
The city has made the sale, though at a huge loss.
On Jan. 4, the city unloaded that controversial building—a water-efficient demonstration    More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Port of Portland Pulls Out of West Hayden Island Annexation Deal

UPDATE: Hales says he'll let the deal die.

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The Port of Portland has pulled out of talks to annex West Hayden Island, saying city environmental demands are too high.

Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt sent a letter to Mayor Charlie Hales this morning, saying City Council's unwillingness to budge on   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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